Monday, November 27, 2017

Balloon Lift Off Prints

Now you can get the red balloons series as posters and more!

I've had a lot of interest in my Balloon Lift Off series of paintings, so I am currently putting them up on my Redbubble store as prints, posters, cards, cool tees and more. Check it out and support an artist by buying something for yourself or for a friend.


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Balloon Lift Off Prints and More on Redbubble by Traci Van Wagoner
Balloon Lift Off by Traci Van Wagoner

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Hot Chocolate Comfort

Everything is better with hot cocoa on a cold winter's day

I started this painting last year during the holidays and didn't get chance to finish it, so this year as the weather turned colder and the days shorter, I pulled out my Holidays folder of sketches and WIP half finished paintings and ideas, and this one stood out as a perfect fit for the SCBWI Draw This prompt, Comfort. So, I finished it.

I always loved the feeling as a kid of playing outside all day with my cousins and family, iceskating, tubing, sleigh riding, playing Fox and Geese in the fresh snow, and of course the occasional snow ball fight and snowman making, and then coming inside frozen to the bone to find steaming mugs of hot cocoa. Ice cold hands melt and cold bones warm while wrapped in Grandma's soft afghan. Nothing better that that at the end of a full day of winter play. This is the comforts of home.

Hot Chocolate Comfort by Traci Van Wagoner
©2017 Traci Van Wagoner, Hot Chocolate Comfort

What is your favorite winter activity? What is your comfort of home? Feel free to share in the comments and enjoy the changing of the seasons.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Falling in Love with Fall

This week I decided to embrace fall with some fall color paintings.

This time of year, while I enjoy the fall colors and the crisp cool air, I'm always filled with melancholy. I love the seasons and the change of weather, but I also miss summer so when it's not here. And while I enjoy winter, I'm not generally excited for it to appear -- mostly because it gets dark so dang early.

The first painting, Fall Walk, has some cotton candy sky, the color prompt for #colour_collective and splashes of fall colors and a couple in silhouette walking through a park with a city in the background. It think it captures my melancholy fall mood pretty well.
Wall Walk by Traci Van Wagoner
Fall Walk, @2017 Traci VanWagoner
Fall Friends 1, Boy and Turtle, by Traci Van Wagoner
Fall Friends 1, ©2017 Traci Van Wagoner

Fall Friends

I enjoyed playing with the fall colors so much, I decided to embrace the change of season and dive into the autumn color theme. While I was relaxing and painting in swatches and textures and broad strokes playing with different brushes in Procreate, the boy and turtle popped out and insisted on being painted.

And while painting them, a girl popped into mind, so I painted her and her cat. They are all happy it's fall!
Fall Friends 2, Girl and Cat, by Traci Van Wagoner
Fall Friends 2, ©2017 Traci Van Wagoner

Do you love fall or does it also make you a bit sad? What is your favorite season?

There may be more kids popping out of those fall colors. We'll see. In the meantime enjoy Fall Walk and Fall Friends and go out and enjoy the crisp fall air and colors too!

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Balloon Lift Off 8: The Haunted House on the Hill

The Red Balloons Keep on Flying

It's been a while since I painted more of the red balloon series. I couldn't pass up doing something spooky this week in honor of Halloween with a color scheme prompted by colour_collective and the color Ash.

The last in the red balloons series showed the girl floating toward a castle in the clouds and now she's coming back down and floating over a haunted house on a hill with a jack-o-lantern and a ghost. Eek! Her pup looks up at her from the middle of the island. Will he ever catch up with her? Will she ever come back down? Where will those balloons take her next?
Balloon Lift Off 8: The Haunted House on the Hill by Traci Van Wagoner
©2017 Traci Van Wagoner, all rights reserved
Balloon Lift Off Series 1-3 available in my RedBubble Store, art by Traci Van Wagoner
©2017 Traci Van Wagoner, all rights reserved

Thanks again for joining in the adventure. You can now get Balloon Lift Off paintings 1-3 in my online store as posters, prints, cards and more! Check it out. I'll be putting more up for sale soon, so be sure to follow along and keep up on all the latest.